Overnight severe winds keep SES volunteers busy

Overnight severe winds keep SES volunteers busy

31/10/2022, 1:21 PM

It was another busy weekend for VICSES volunteers, with over 540 Requests for Assistance received in the last 24 hours (up to 8am on 31/10).

Calls for help were largely in relation to trees down, blocking access or over driveways. With VICSES Emerald, Upper Yarra, Healesville and Nillumbik Units the busiest across the state.

With ongoing flooding occurring in parts of Northern Victoria, communities’ right across the state need to remain vigilant and prepared for adverse weather.

Major flooding that affected much of northern Victoria in mid-October has generally eased for catchments outside of the Murray River. Minor to moderate flooding is possible at this stage for locations downstream of Swan Hill and will be refined further over the coming weeks.

Elsewhere, several minor to moderate Flood Warnings remain in place. Renewed rises to minor and moderate levels have occurred since Saturday, because of rain and thunderstorm activity during the last three days. Catchments are generally saturated and very responsive to additional rainfall.

A flood watch remains current for the majority of Victorian catchments for potential rises from rainfall observed Sunday and Monday.

With a wet Spring and early summer forecasted, VICSES is warning Victorians to remain vigilant through this period.

Ensure to park your vehicle undercover where you can and away from trees, and always ensure to secure any loose items in an around your home. Cleared your gutters and downpipes if safe to do so to prevent the overflowing of drains and pipes.

It’s vital that communities that may be impacted by flooding have a plan in place if they need to evacuate, or in the instance of isolation. In the last few weeks, we have seen the overwhelming impacts of ongoing flooding, and witnessed firsthand how communities have been affected as a result.

This is why we are asking Victorians to prepare now, ensure to download the VicEmergency app, or visit the website for the latest information on warnings and advice messaging for your local area.

Heed the advice of emergency services, and remember to never enter floodwater. We have seen the devastating effect floodwater can have, with over 700 flood rescues completed in the last few weeks.

We cannot ask you enough, ensure you never enter, play or drive through floodwater. It could be the last decision you make. 

Visit, www.ses.vic.gov.au/know-your-hazards/flood, for more informationon how you can stay safe.